Dame Sarah Storey takes title tally to 22!

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Dame Sarah Storey was delighted to secure her 22nd world title at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland.

Disley cyclist Storey claimed number 21 in Thursday’s time trial and made it a memorable week with a second gold on Saturday in the C5 road race.

Dame Sarah Storey unveiling her plaque at Disley Primary School

Dame Sarah Storey unveiling her plaque at Disley Primary School

She attacked on the first lap on the road and opened up a comfortable lead over her rivals, going on to finish well clear of Anna Harkowska.

It was the same one-two as the time trial two days earlier as Storey finished in front of Harkowska once more.

And Storey said: “I feel really good. It was one of those races that could easily have been a totally different race.

“After about a kilometre, I could feel riders on my back wheel and there was a clatter of carbon behind me.

“I decided that’s it I’m not sitting in the bunch anymore. I just stretched it out and just kept pushing and looked round and thought this is a decent gap, so I pressed on and the gap quickly opened up.”

Storey won four golds - 500m TT, pursuit, road race, time trial - at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, matching Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of 11 Paralympic golds, and is eager to claim more.

She added: “The worlds before a Paralympic year, in any sport, are the hardest because everyone wants to take the psychological advantage into the Paralympic year.

“Next year will be my third Paralympics as a cyclist, and you need to take those psychological scalps. The next 12 months people really begin to ramp it up so it’s a really good indication of where you are and what you need to do.”